We have all read horror stories of diva bloggers misbehaving, demanding fees from restaurants for positive paid reviews, bringing along many friends to eat for free at food tasting, among many other complaints. Likewise, there are positive stories of bloggers who spend considerable efforts maintaining and crafting quality entries on their blogs out of interest rather than for commercial gains.
With the advent of social media and digital media, more and more brands are looking to working with and engaging bloggers for their campaigns and publicity.
Where do bloggers strike the balance? How should brands leverage on this trend? Why not hear it from the bloggers themselves?
As a prelude to the launch of the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year in April, the team at omy.sg organised a causal sharing and networking session with a panel of prominent bloggers in Singapore. I was the moderator for the panel discussion.
Actually, some other Facebook users have pointed out it tracks the friends that you interact with the most, and not so much who is stalking you the most. Also, the order may be jumbled and are not of significance. A friend mentioned it is probably just a random list of the people you chat with in your chat box. Some said it could be the people whom YOU are stalking the most yourself. I am not a coder so I cannot verify any of this. Any one can solve the mystery? 🙂
Anyway, this is something harmless and REAL on Facebook that you can play with on your own without having to give access to third party developers to spam your Facebook account or intrude your privacy.
The first workshop was a photography workshop over the weekend with bloggers, Jerome Lim and Christine Ng as they share tips on photography as well as insights on effective story-telling through images.
Participants get to be among the first in Singapore to try out the Panasonic Lumix GF5 camera – the camera only just launched in the local market the same week!
The workshop was held at the heritage site of Albert Court Village Hotel, located just beside Sim Lim Square and near the Little India area.
After listening to the presentations by Christine, Jerome and James from Panasonic, the participants were treated to some light refreshment, courtesy of Albert Court Village Hotel before setting off on a photography walking trail round Little India:
The weather was sweltering hot as usual, but everyone had a good time, snapping away on their Panasonic GF3 and GF5 loan sets.
Did I mention that this workshop is completely FREE? This is all thanks to the generous sponsorship of Panasonic.
Singapore, 22 May 2012 – omy.sg has released the top ten finalists in the ten main categories of the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 as well as the other finalists in three sponsored categories and two celebrity categories. The 100 finalists include a diverse range of individuals representing the multicultural aspect of Singapore.
The winners of the ten main award categories will be announced at this year’s award ceremony on 21 July at Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. Invited guests will get to sample the best of local hawker delights at the Singapore Food Trail, a unique 1960s-themed food street, while the winners of the respective categories are unveiled.
As a lead-up to the award ceremony, omy.sg will be hosting three bloggers’ workshops (http://project.omy.sg/panasonic-workshops/) together with presenting sponsor, Panasonic. The workshops, helmed by well-known Singapore bloggers, will cover topics on photography, eco crafts and a cooking demonstration. Registration is free and all are welcome to participate.
In a tie-up with Far East Hospitality this year, omy.sg is also extending an invitation to bloggers outside of Singapore to attend the Singapore Blog Awards ceremony with 3D2N hotel accommodations sponsored by a group of seven hotels under the Far East Hospitality group (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/2012/overseas-blogger-sponsorship/).
Over a period of merely five days, this charity auction raised S$2038.50 from the public’s bids, and in addition to the money raised from the auction, SOLD.sg also contributed $1 to match every $2 raised.
I was at the restaurant too to witness the cheque presentation and to meet up with the SOLD.sg team, the ten bloggers, the ten winning bidders, as well as the representatives from SCAS and Limoncello respectively.
Sold.sg is an innovative auction website that that offers users the chance to win brand new luxury and lifestyle products and services at greatly discounted prices. Items up for daily auction include technological gadgets like the PS3, iPads, iPhones and digital cameras, and branded accessories like bags, jewellery and wallets. Sold.sg also offer lifestyle items like movie and restaurant vouchers and airline tickets to popular destinations.
Limoncello Restaurant is the brainchild of Restaurateur Mark Anthonisz and Fabio Iannone who have brought about a Team of talented individuals including Evecutive Chef’s Emiddio Cioffi and Mauro Crescendo from the Amalfi Coast.
Fabio Iannone is a Chef by Profession having founded La Braceria with Chef Emiddio who returned from Japan for Limoncello’s project. A Trained Sommelier from Accor Hotels and having worked with Gordon Ramsey’s, Daniel Boulud and Marina Bay Sands Singapore to name a few, Mark has been tasked with heading both the Front and Heart of Limoncello’s House.
Limoncello strives to exceed the expectations of it’s guests. Genuine Service and Traditional Fare from the coast of Amalfi is the focus of each new day. Napolitana wood fired pizzas and charcoal grilled meats and seafood is what distinguishes us from the rest.
Plugging this for sold.sg, omy.sg and of course, the ten brave bloggers whom have put themselves up for bid to raise money for charity.
GOING ONCE! GOING TWICE!
SOLD.SG AND OMY.SG TO AUCTION OFF VALENTINE’S DATES TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE SPASTIC CHILDRENS’ ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE
Sold.sg, Singapore’s leading online shopping destination for luxury and entertainment products, is helping their users find love this Valentine’s Day by partnering with omy.sg to auction off ten popular bloggers as Valentine’s dates!
The 10 Bloggers will promote themselves in the week leading up to the auctions (auctions to be held from now till 13 Feb), and will be “sold” as a Valentine’s “date” to their highest bidder. Users will place bids on their favourite Blogger based on the information provided on Sold.sg, with 100% of the proceeds from all auctions being donated to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.
Who are these ten kind bloggers who put themselves up for auction? Click on their names below to find out more about each of them (and to start bidding):
Btw, a winning bid comes together with a Valentine’s Dinner meal at Limoncello restaurant(worth S$95.00++ per pax) as well as 50 bonus sold.sg tokens (worth S$37.50) which you can use to bid for other items.